About two months before the release of their third studio album, "When the World Comes Down," due Dec. 16 via Interscope, All-American Rejects singer/bassist Tyson Ritter is spending most of his free time drinking beer and engaging in kite-flying wars on the beaches of Northern Florida.

"I've been getting completely hammered and enjoying myself," Ritter says from his home in Destin, Fla. "I'm 24 and I know I'm not going to be able to do this shit when I'm 50. Sometimes you've got to live."

The All-American Rejects frontman has reason to enjoy his time off. In the two years following the release of its 2005 album "Move Along," which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and has sold 2 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, AAR enjoyed success on the road with slots on the Vans Warped tour and supporting Fall Out Boy in arenas. Fifty AAR shows between 2005 and 2006 grossed more than $2.5 million and drew approximately 147,000 concertgoers, according to Billboard Boxscore.

But the rock band's 80 weeks of nonstop touring didn't come without drawbacks. "We had a sweet run," Ritter says, but "we were burnt, man, it was crazy. Just imagine living the same day . . . for two years."

When it came to writing material for the Eric Valentine-produced "When the World Comes Down," AAR-comprising Ritter, guitarist Nick Wheeler, guitarist Mike Kennerty and drummer Chris Gaylor-took advice from Interscope senior VP of A&R Jeff Sosnow, who suggested traveling to various U.S. cities for songwriting inspiration. As a result, Ritter and Wheeler spent the better part of 2007 holding songwriting sessions in rural Georgia, Vancouver and San Francisco, as well as during a cross-country bus trip.

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